|Roger and Suzanne in Cuenca near the Rio Tomebamba|
A former high school classmate and cherished old friend when reconnecting with Roger through Facebook quoted the old saying: "When God closes a door, he opens a window." The years have seen a number of life changes for us that make that adage ring true. After being blessed with good fortune, a wonderful son and great experiences, we decided to look out that window and prepare for more of what this wonderful life has to offer. We hope through our blog to share our journey from this point forward with family, with friends and with many others. Hopefully we'll make some new friends along the way. We hope you find our tales of some interest, even amusement and perhaps an inspiration for you to treat each and every day as an opportunity and an adventure to share with those who are an important part of your life.
Friday, November 2, 2012
Bye, bye for now..."South of Zero"
"South of Zero", the award winning, internationally acclaimed blog from Mary and Steve Beckman, goes on hiatus as of the end of this week and we Yazells mark this change with mixed emotions. We are happy because of the reason for this hiatus. Mary and Steve are entering the final phase of achieving a long sought goal of relocating to Ecuador from California. In the very near future, they will be joining our Cuenca community of Expadorians (a phrase, by the way, that Steve coined). We understand and share the celebration and joy of making this kind of goal a reality.
But, for us, there is a touch of nostalgic sadness, as well. Our personal journey began after someone first suggested Ecuador as a retirement location. We began to explore, research and read as much as we could about this land. The more we learned, the more we wanted to know. It wasn't long before we discovered "South of Zero" Not only was it a well done daily synopsis of the best Ecuadorian blogs, but Mary and Steve also provided reference sites that aided and abetted our search for information. Soon "South of Zero" was as much a part of our morning routine as our cups of coffee.
Through "South of Zero, we got to read and share the experiences of many who had blazed the trail to Ecuador before us: Bob N Rox, Chuck and Nancy Watson, the Kimblers, Bill and Dean Keyes, Rich and Nancy Hedges, Jim Mola, Connie Pombo, Edd Staton, Clark and Brenda, Mick and Kathy, Mike and Patti, Nan, Lilya, Lourdes, Michael, Jason, Donna and many, many more too numerous to name. Factual information helped us in our quest but there was always something extra special about sharing the personal experiences of those who preceded us, or like us, were in the process of moving. Since our transition, we've become friends with many of those wonderful people we had first met through "South of Zero". We are indebted to "South of Zero" for being the catalyst in many wonderful opportunities to develop great relationships.
We are indebted, as well, because of their contribution to our own blogging efforts. Most of you that have become regular followers of "Juntos en el Camino de la Vida" first did so by way of "South of Zero". In fact, our readership analytics tell us that somewhat over 60% of our 30+ country readership comes to us from "South of Zero". Some of these readers have contacted us, some have made the transition to Ecuador and some have become personal acquaintances, as well.
So it is that we (and many of you) will miss our daily dose of "South of Zero'. However, it is good to know arrangements have been made to keep us all connected to the South of Zero blogroll through "Xpadorian Blogs" (www.xpadorian.blogspot.com). "South of Zero" will return in the future but will now reflect Mary's insight to her own transition. We are absolutely looking forward to reading and sharing that experience.
We are looking forward, as well, to welcoming the Beckmans to Cuenca. And so we say to Mary and Steve: Thank you for your past efforts in the blogosphere.....May you enjoy good fortune and safe travels during your transition. See you soon and godspeed!